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‘Wings of Freedom’ Warbirds landing in Palm Springs today

April 22nd, 2013 | by Crystal Chatham | Comments

"Witchcraft," a B-24J Liberator, is displayed by The Collings Foundation in Bremerton, Wash. June 19, 2012. Witchcraft, a P-51C, and B-17 will be in Palm Springs Monday, April 22 until Wednesday, April 24 offering walk-through tours and rides. (Photo/Crystal Chatham)

A trio of classic warbirds are headed to Palm Springs this afternoon as The Collings Foundation lands its national Wings of Freedom Tour.

The foundation is flying in a pair of World War II heavy bombers including a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed “Nine O Nine” and a Consolidated B-24J Liberator nicknamed “Witchcraft.” Also on the tour is a P-51C Mustang fighter with dual controls.

The B-24J and P-51C are the last remaining flyable aircraft of their type.

The warbirds are scheduled to land between 12:30 and 1p.m Monday and will be in town through midday Wednesday at Atlantic Aviation, 145 N Gene Autry Trail in Palm Springs.

Tours of the aircraft interiors and exteriors cost $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

Tours are free for WWII Veterans.

The foundation also offers flights aboard all three aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person while P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour.

The Collings Foundation is a non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing living history events that allows people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation. The Nationwide Wings of Freedom Tour is in its 24th year and visits an average of 110 cities in over 35 states annually.

The Collings Foundation's B-24J Liberator is the last flyable aircraft of its make. After World War II, many of the heavy bombers were scrapped and few remain today. "Witchcraft" is seen here during a tour stop in Bremerton, Wash. last summer. (Photo/Crystal Chatham)

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